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									Precipitation: what is it good for?

Precipitation in the form of rain, snow, sleet is an important
part of nature’s water cycle. The water grows plants, recharges
our ground water tables for wells providing us with drinking
water and sustains our streams and natural places.

Precipitation: what is it bad for?

 As our community becomes more urbanized, the adverse
impacts of development on the natural water cycle become
sever. When there is excessive water from storms, the water
flows over roads and parking lots instead of soaking into the
ground. The Federal Government, in passing the clean streams
law, has required that local communities address these adverse

A Simplified example of the impacts can be described as
follows: water flows over the land throughout our community,
it picks up debris and pollutants as it makes its' way to the
stream. The debris can cause many maintenance problems
including clogged storm and sewer drains. The pollutants
degrade the quality of our stream killing off plant, fish, and
other important aquatic life. The surge of flow during a storm
causes erosion of stream banks and the deposit of more silt and
sands which can also choke out aquatic.

Why do we need to control Storm Water?

Storm water becomes a problem when it picks up debris,
chemicals, dirt and other pollutants as it flows. It travels
through a system of pipes and eventually flows directly to lake,
river, stream, wetland or ocean. All of the pollutants storm
water carries along the way empty into our waters. By allowing
natural means to filter the runoff, we can protect our important
What everyone can do to help

• Properly dispose of hazardous substances such as used oil,
cleaning supplies and paint - never pour them down any part of
the storm water system.

• Use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides properly and efficiently
to prevent excess runoff.

• Report signs of soils and other pollutants, such as debris and
chemicals that you see in storm water runoff or tracked into the

• Install innovative storm water practices on your property, such
as rain barrels or rain gardens.

• Report any discharges from storm water outfalls during dry
weather – a sign that there could be a problem with the storm
water system.

• Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly, even on
your own property.

• Store materials that could pollute storm waters indoors and use
containers for outdoor storage that do not rust or leak.

Skippack Township has begun implementing a new federally
mandated program designed to reduce storm water pollution.
The program called NPDES (National Pollution Discharge
Elimination System), MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Water
Systems), applies to all municipalities in designated urban
It is important that we all work together to make sure that the
only thing that storm water contributes to our water is…water.
For more information, contact the Township or go the DEP web
page for Stormwater.     STORMWATER

DEP Southeast Regional Office website:

Other Stormwater Links

Please bring any of these materials to the Montgomery County
Hazardous Waste Recycling Program. For collection dates and
locations, call 610-278-3618.

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